In 1999 I was at the grocery store with my older sister, Natalie, about a week before Christmas. As luck would have it, they were giving away FREE Christmas Trees! Ben and I were poor college students at the time, so I jumped on this free tree offer.
Natalie and I loaded the tree on top of her 1980-ish Pontiac Bonneville that she’d inherited from my grandparents.
It looks sorta like this:
I got some rope and tied the tree on top of her car and we left the store. After several errands she dropped me off at my car and I told her I’d come get the tree from her later.
A week later we went to my parents house for Christmas Eve.
Natalie stormed in the living room and demanded that I get that bleepity-bleepin’ tree off her car!
I’d totally forgotten to get my tree from her!
And she was so ticked because I’d tied all but her driver door shut with the rope from the tree.
Oh, we all just died laughing.
And then, we pretty much all peed our pants because with one look out the window we saw a Christmas Tree still tied to the top of her car, totally frozen over with ice sickles, and wind-blown with all the branches broken backward.
You see, I’d tied the tree on top of her car with the front of the tree facing forward, not backward, so as she drove around all week, the wind blew the branches backward and then a big ice storm covered them in icicles.
It was such a “Clark Griswald” scene.
My only regret – I didn’t grab my camera and take a single picture of the scene. I wasn’t as great about photographing everything before the internet and blogging was invented.
This story has been retold every.single.year. since 1999. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.
Poor Natalie. She drove around for A WEEK with 3 of her doors tied shut and the trashiest looking tree on the top of her car.
Just the thought of this tree story makes me laugh-out-loud every.single.time. I’m not sure I’ll ever stop giggling about this one.
Do you have any hilarious holiday stories that get told and retold year after year?